• Labyrinths…

    ...can be thought of as symbolic forms of pilgrimage; people can walk the path, ascending toward salvation or enlightenment. Many people could not afford to travel to holy sites and lands, so labyrinths and prayer substituted for such travel. Later, the religious significance of labyrinths faded, and they served primarily for entertainment, though recently their spiritual aspect has seen a resurgence. Many newly made labyrinths exist today, in churches and parks. Labyrinths are used by modern mystics to help achieve a contemplative state. Walking among the turnings, one loses track of direction and of the outside world, and thus quiets his mind. The result is a relaxed mental attitude, free of internal dialog. This is a form of meditation. Many people believe that meditation has health benefits as well as spiritual benefits.
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The Labyrinth at Mariandale, Ossining, NY

As part of our Prayer Tasting Tour – Miami 2 Montréal 2015, we were tasting and praying up the east coast. We stopped at this labyrinth at the Mariandale Retreat Centre in Ossining, NY. The classic Cretan design in a beautiful setting right on the banks of the broad Hudson River.

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Temple du Marais Labyinth

Temple du Marais ParisToday I will be about creating a labyrinth in this magnificent 17th century church in Paris – The Temple du Marais. It will be an octagon-shaped labyrinth with 4 different pause points, where the spiritual adventurer can stop and follow a suggested interactive experience based on hope, release and rest. While the labyrinth will fill the entire floor, choral music by Arvo Pärt will fill the rest of the rotonda.

Labyrinths provide for people a different kind of prayer experience – one that is more active, interactive, physical, spacial, visceral, silent and open-sourced.

So if you happen to be in Paris, drop by the Temple du Marais on Friday 10am – 10pm or Saturday 10am – 6pm at 17 rue St. Antoine, Paris 75004.